PLANT OF THE WEEK – SUMMER BERRIES YARROW

One thing about the landscaping business is that it certainly is BUSY this time of year. Lots of people in the industry call March, April and May the 100 Days of Hell. And with good reason. It’s hard to catch your breath, much less keep up with your blog. But with all the color popping out everywhere, I was reminded that I need to get back to sharing some of my favorite plants.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

If you haven’t added Weigela to your landscape, we have to wonder ‘Why Not?’ One of our favorites is Minuet Weigela. Both the foliage and flowers will add a lovely splash of color to your spring garden. The incredible display of rosy-pink blooms against a backdrop of purple-tinged foliage mixes fantastically in a shrub border, but it also works well anywhere else as a colorful garden accent. 

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week we’ve chosen the Regal Empress Clematis. Every mailbox, every fence post, every porch rail deserves a splash of color and drama. This prolific, compact climber offers large, double flowers in shades of pink over a long season. It’s important to add beautiful vertical interest to any garden fence or trellis. A great choice for a container or left to ramble through shrub beds. This clematis variety enjoys life in full or partial sunlight. It enjoys a nice drink at least once a week, but if it’s super hot you might want to give it a little more refreshment. This climber can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet and can span 2 to 3 feet, but it will need some support. It has an especially long bloom season and blooms in both spring and fall. If you love the style of cottage gardening, then this vine is the perfect choice for you.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week we’re celebrating the Dream Catcher Flowering Cherry. This tree is categorized by its Large, single, clear pink flowers that cover its upright branches that expose dark green foliage. Fall brings orange-red to purple foliage color. A choice for a specimen tree for small yards, group plantings or as a street tree. It can grow up to 25′ tall and 15′ wide. Easy to care for, the birds love to hang out in this beautiful tree. 

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Plant of the Week

Since this is our FIRST “Plant of the Week” post, I selected an early spring bloomer to get you into gardening mode. The Show Off Forsythia is a new compact selection that gives a stunning display compared to some of the older forsythia varieties. Its early spring blooms fill its branches with bright yellow color in early spring. It has lovely dark green foliage that provides visual interest all season long. Planted as a short hedge or in mixed borders or even as a foundation plant, it produces blooms that work well as a cut flower.  

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Does Your Home Have a Welcoming Look?

When someone walks or drives past your home, does its exterior make them pause and want to visit or does it make them gasp and want to keep on going?  Stand in the street in front of your house.  If it wasn’t your home, how would you feel about walking up to the front door?  Perhaps it’s time to make some changes to your landscape. There are numerous ways to make your home more inviting.  How can you improve your front yard?  Does it involve your door?  Your porch?  The overall landscape?  With a little thought, your home can invite people to stop in, with or without the welcome sign.  

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Make Your Patio Picture Perfect

Staring out the window at a plain, boring patio?  Unsure where to begin?  Not even sure what look you’re going after?  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during the decision process.  If you’re not careful, you’ll just toss the thought away, and end up spending another summer failing to utilize what could be the best “room” of your home. Plants.  Furniture.  Art.  Color.  Seclusion.  Shade.  Sun.  Water.  Sounds.  Sights. Smells.  Flavors. All words that should be part of your patio vocabulary.  Consider all the senses when preparing your patio for the outdoor season. One of the easiest ways to bring color and fragrance to your patio is with plants.  Find creative ways to display containers and let them overflow with blooms and foliage. Furniture choices.  If the furniture is as comfortable and inviting as the rest of the house, you’ll rush to get out there in the evenings.  Choose a color and style that reflects your personal style. Bring the relaxing sounds of a fountain into your backyard.  Garden fountains come in a variety of sizes and prices, and if you’re creative and ambitious, you can make your own. Some great ideas can be found at this DIY website. To make your patio more of a room, and less of a place to store your grill, think about ways  to create seclusion.  A screen can instantly add a wall and give you some added privacy. There are tons of ways to make your patio more inviting, more private, more appealing to your senses.  Share some of your ideas with us!  We’d love to hear what things you’ve come up with.  E-mail us a picture, too!  drdanslandscaping@cox.net

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What’s New In 2018?

One of the my favorite things every year is finding out what new varieties of plants will be showing up at my favorite nurseries. Of course, I have those favorites that I return to again and again, but being the first in the neighborhood to display a new annual or perennial always brings me a bit of joy. I’ve already discovered a few new plants this year that will certainly find a spot in my garden.

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